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  • Israel cancels planned procurement of V-22 Tilt-Rotor aircraft

    Defense Update:
    Tamir Eshel
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Israel’s Ministry of Defense (IMOD) decided to cancel the planned procurement of six Bell/Boeing V-22 tilt rotor aircraft. Available funding will be allocated to the procurement of a second batch of F-35s fifth generation stealth fighters. The cancellation represented another abrupt change in Israel's procurement plans, after the IMOD withdrew an international tended for four Offshore Patrol Boats weeks after distributing the $500 million tender to international shipbuilders.
  • ForeFlight and Able Flight Announce New Flight Training Scholarships

    ForeFlight
    ForeFlight
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    We are pleased to announce our continued support of Able Flight over the next three years via a new series of ForeFlight/Able Flight flight training scholarships. We admire and are inspired by the hard work and commitment the Able Flight pilots put forth to earn their wings. Helping Able Flight to transform the lives of people with disabilities through the gift of flight is a very rewarding way for us to give back to the aviation community. Able Flight’s mission is to offer people with disabilities a unique way to challenge themselves through flight and aviation career training, and by…
  • Boeing exec: Islamic State, election could change mood on defense budget

    AIA dailyLead®
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    The growing threat posed by Islamic State terrorists -- along with a possible Republican takeover of the Senate after midterm -More- 
  • FlightSafety partners with Abu Dhabi Aviation on new training center in UAE

    Aviation eBrief
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    FlightSafety and Abu Dhabi Aviation have partnered to open a new learning center in the United Arab Emirates.  -More- Discover if Your Investments May be Working Against Each Other. You may be leaving money on the table with your retirement funds. In our presentation, we'll share our proprietary methods and give you the steps to take for a more holistic approach. So you can ensure that your investments are working together. Click now to start.
  • Burn-In,’ ‘Pre-Trenching’ Fixes Approved For F-35 Test Jet Engines

    Aviation Week - Aerospace Defense, Business & Commercial News
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Within the next three months, all 19 F-35 test jets will incorporate a fix to avoid a recurrence of the excessive friction in the third-stage integrally bladed rotor (IBR) that prompted a June fire in a Pratt & Whitney F135 engine in June, says U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, F-35 program executive officer. read more
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    ForeFlight

  • ForeFlight and Able Flight Announce New Flight Training Scholarships

    ForeFlight
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    We are pleased to announce our continued support of Able Flight over the next three years via a new series of ForeFlight/Able Flight flight training scholarships. We admire and are inspired by the hard work and commitment the Able Flight pilots put forth to earn their wings. Helping Able Flight to transform the lives of people with disabilities through the gift of flight is a very rewarding way for us to give back to the aviation community. Able Flight’s mission is to offer people with disabilities a unique way to challenge themselves through flight and aviation career training, and by…
  • Bulletin: Canada High Resolution Terrain Data Update

    ForeFlight Data Team
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    New High Resolution Terrain downloads are available for Canada. This update addresses an issue where terrain heights could be displayed lower than their actual values in areas north of 59 degrees latitude. All customers who have selected Canada High Resolution Terrain will be prompted to download this update inside of ForeFlight Mobile and should do so immediately.
  • Welcoming Scott Dennstaedt

    ForeFlight
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    At ForeFlight we know from first hand experience that weather plays a critical role in aviation and is often the number one worry that a pilot faces before and during flight.  To better serve that critical need, we are excited to announce that Scott Dennstaedt has joined the ForeFlight team. Scott has been well-known for his aviation weather expertise for many years, and will now  lead the ForeFlight team in the role of Weather Scientist.  His background and experience as a CFI, research meteorologist, and founder of the excellent AvWxWorkshops.com provide a unique set of qualifications…
  • Bulletin: October 16, 2014 Server Maintenance – COMPLETE

    ForeFlight
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Update – this server maintenance was completed.  All systems are back online. We will be performing upgrades on our servers during the night of Thursday, October 16, 2014 between 11:30pm CT – 1:30am CT.  Services including flight plan filing, weather retrieval, and data downloads will be intermittently available between during this period. We will post an update to this bulletin once the upgrades have been completed.
  • Bulletin: Alaska High Resolution Terrain Data Update

    ForeFlight Data Team
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    New High Resolution Terrain downloads are available for Alaska. This update addresses an issue where terrain heights could be displayed lower than their actual values in areas north of 59 degrees latitude. All customers who have selected Alaska High Resolution Terrain will be prompted to download this update inside of ForeFlight Mobile and should do so immediately.
 
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    Aviation eBrief

  • FlightSafety partners with Abu Dhabi Aviation on new training center in UAE

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    FlightSafety and Abu Dhabi Aviation have partnered to open a new learning center in the United Arab Emirates.  -More- Discover if Your Investments May be Working Against Each Other. You may be leaving money on the table with your retirement funds. In our presentation, we'll share our proprietary methods and give you the steps to take for a more holistic approach. So you can ensure that your investments are working together. Click now to start.
  • Ill. township kicks off campaign to restore A7 Corsair

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    The Illinois township of Edwardsville is kicking off a campaign to refurbish the A7 Corsair airplane that stands at the entra -More- 
  • Help promote general aviation

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
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  • CAP bases refurbished Cessna at Ga. airport

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    A refurbished Cessna 172 arrived at its new home at Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon this week.  -More- 
  • Cutting-edge training technology, St. Simons preview

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    AOPA tells the FAA that the ADS-B mandate just won't work; hear why from AOPA Live's advocacy expert.  -More- 
 
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    Aviation Week - Aerospace Defense, Business & Commercial News

  • Burn-In,’ ‘Pre-Trenching’ Fixes Approved For F-35 Test Jet Engines

    3 Nov 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Within the next three months, all 19 F-35 test jets will incorporate a fix to avoid a recurrence of the excessive friction in the third-stage integrally bladed rotor (IBR) that prompted a June fire in a Pratt & Whitney F135 engine in June, says U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, F-35 program executive officer. read more
  • U.S. Navy Taps NASA Tech For Unmanned Swarm Boat

    3 Nov 2014 | 4:56 pm
    NASA technology has helped the U.S. Navy develop unmanned small boats the service says it can use to “swarm” enemy forces. read more
  • F-35 Chief Backs International ‘Block Buy’

    3 Nov 2014 | 4:56 pm
    The Pentagon will back a plan to sell F-35s to international customers through a foreign “block buy,” F-35 Program Executive Officer USAF Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan says. read more
  • Competitiveness Of Long March 7 In Question

    3 Nov 2014 | 4:56 pm
    BEIJING — The commercial viability of China’s forthcoming medium-heavy space launcher, the Long March 7, looks doubtful in the face of competition from Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX). SpaceX sees its keenest competition for low Earth orbit (LEO) launch services coming from China. But it looks like CASC, the Chinese government’s main space industrial group, cannot match the prices of SpaceX with the Long March 7, which is in the class of the SpaceX Falcon 9 and, according to a 2013 schedule, due to fly this year. read more
  • SpaceShipTwo Crashes After In-Flight Anomaly

    3 Nov 2014 | 4:56 pm
    LOS ANGELES — Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo (SS2) crashed in the Mojave Desert after experiencing an in-flight “anomaly” during the first test of a new hybrid rocket motor at Mojave, California, on Oct 31. Reports so far indicate that one of the two test pilots on board survived after bailing out of the suborbital spacecraft, which was making its fourth powered flight. The other pilot did not survive the crash. read more
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    AOPA Pilot Blog: Reporting Points

  • You can own the first Hasselblad in space

    Mike Collins
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    You could own the camera that captured this iconic image. Photography 52 years ago didn’t mean whipping out your iPhone, or even grabbing for a digital single-lens-reflex camera. It was the early days of the space program, and even 35 mm film cameras weren’t considered up to the challenge. So as Wally Schirra prepared to orbit the Earth six times on Mercury 8, which would be the country’s fifth manned space mission, he had to think carefully about how to document the nine-hour flight. Astronaut Wally Schirra, center, with the Hasselblad 500c camera he carried into space. Ultimately he…
  • Your flying car will be ready soon

    Al Marsh
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    Yeah, right. The Sovakian AeroMobile 3.0 flying car has made another splash in the news by appearing at another trade conference, the most recent one being the Pioneers Festival at Vienna’s Hofburg Palace. The first public presentation was in 2007 at Aero-Friedrichshafen in Germany.  You can see a video about the car here  (four minutes, cue the eerie music). The prototype actually works, doing 100 mph on the ground and a promised 124 mph in the air. The price (you can’t get one yet) is said to be like that of a super luxury car, which leaves one guessing. A 2014 Lamborghini…
  • Your private Boeing 747 will be ready soon

    Al Marsh
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Lufthansa Technik is the Cadillac of interior design when it comes to lavish, wildly over the top luxury interiors for private airliners. There are two of this particular $480 million aircraft (including interior) in progress at Hamburg, Germany, and will be completed by spring. Don’t miss out!
  • Red Bull race in Las Vegas is this weekend

    Al Marsh
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Takes awhile to figure out this publicity photo for the Red Bull Race in Las Vegas this weekend. The lower half of the photo is a reflection of the formation. Kirby Chambliss, Nigel Lamb of England, Pete McLeod of Canada and Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic flew above Lake Mead, the country’s largest reservoir.  Click on it to enlarge.
  • Gulfstream set to announce new jet

    Al Marsh
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Aerospace consultant Brian Foley of Brian Foley Associates predicts Gulfstream Aerospace will be the “talk of the town” next Tuesday Oct. 14 when the company summons aviation reporters to its Savannah headquarters for a major announcement. That announcement will be the mysterious P42 project, the Gulfstream 450 replacement. The current 10-year-old 450 program is a 4,350 nautical mile, 16-passenger, Mach 0.88 aircraft with a maximum weight of 74,600 pounds. If Foley is correct, Gulfstream promises to be the star of the upcoming National Business Aviation Association convention…
 
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    Ask a Flight Instructor

  • Transponder 91.215

    tommytom
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Is a transponder required in class E, D or G airspace? The regulation isn’t clear to me.  To me it lacks saying that it is required in class D, E, G.  Therefore it is not required.  Can any point out where it says or doesn’t say that a transponder is required.
  • Pilots’ aeronautical experience

    Sans
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Hi, I have read 61.109 and 61.129. I understand that a private pilot requires the following: 20 dual and 10 solo  which equals to 30. Since the grand total is 40, what would the remaining 10 be, dual or solo? I would appreciate if someone can summarize the ppl and cpl aero experience.  My CFI gave me a handout that summarize the cool as follows:  250 total 50 Xcode of which 10 in airplane 20 duel of which: 10 complex, 10 instr 5 of it in airplane one xc day VFR of 2 hr total and 100 nm straight line one xc night VFR 2 hr total and 100 nm straight line 3 h c/r perpetration within 60 day…
  • Minimum altitude 91.515 vs 91.119

    Jordan Cobb
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Reading my FAR/AIM tonight, and I got to 91.515.  It states that “Notwithstanding $91.119…no person may operate an airplane under VFR at less than (1) One thousand feet above the surface[comma], or 1,000 feet from any mountain, hill……” I am very familiar with part $91.119 which states that in sparsely populated areas or over open water you can go all the way down to the surface if you like, as long as you are not with 500 ft of a structure, person, boat etc. The key word in 91.515 is “notwithstanding”. I looked it up in the dictionary, just to make…
  • Carburetor heat

    psequeira
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    There is an instructor in my school, whose been instructing for over 4 years now. He told me that Cessna’s require the use of carb heat on the landing checklist for insurance purposes only and not for carburetor icing. He also said we fly in Texas, where it is usually very hot, and very little moisture is present. My questions is,”Is the statement about the insurance true or do we really use it for carb ice?
  • Letter of Discontinuance and class of rating sought

    Traffic in Sight
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:36 pm
    I received a Letter of Discontinuance for my ATP-AMEL check ride after passing the oral due to maintenance problems with the aircraft. After finding out that it will be at least 3-4 weeks before the aircraft will be back in service (it is the only light twin in the area I have access to), the DPE asked if I wanted to do my ATP-ASEL while we waited (I had planned to get my ATP-ASEL at some point after the AMEL). I have access to a C172 from the same operator. The questions here is are we able to hop right into it and complete the flight portion of the check ride, since I already passed the…
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    AVweb Podcasts

  • Podcast: Flying Classroom Reaches Australia

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Barrington Irving of Experience Aviation is on the first leg of a flight around the world in a Hawker jet to help teach school kids about science and technology. He spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady during a stopover in Australia about the project, the jet, and the expeditions he's taking part in along the way.
  • Podcast: Record-Breaking Skydive About More than Publicity

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Google executive Alan Eustace has broken Felix Baumgartner's "highest skydive" record -- but that's only the beginning of the story, as Eustace's record-shattering jump yielded massive amounts of data for scientists and engineers to study. James Hayhurst of the U.S. Parachute Association spoke on the significance of this latest record jump.
  • Podcast: Used Aircraft Market

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:04 am
    Aircraft broker René Banglesdorf says the market is better but still not great. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with her at NBAA 2014.
  • Podcast: Deer Jet's Zhang Peng on China's Expanding Bizav Sector

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    China's largest bizjet charter company, Deer Jet, sees plenty of room for expansion in the exploding Chinese marketplace -- maybe not in fractionals (yet), but in some surprising segments, like providing flights in and out of the country. Deer Jet's Zhang Peng demystifies the world's fastest-growing bizav economy in a short conversation with us at the 2014 NBAA Convention.
  • Podcast: Strong NBAA Show, Says Bolen

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:39 am
    Ed Bolen, the CEO of the National Business Aviation Association, says the organization's 2014 show in Orlando is a little bigger than last year's show in Las Vegas. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Bolen at the static display at Orlando Executive Airport.
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    Aviation Mentor

  • Late October 2014 Photos

    John Ewing
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    Direct PomonaArtsy SunsetFirst storm of Autumn SeasonAutopilot On, Nothing much to do ...Dueling Winglets @ KACVEngine-out ILS: What a zero sideslip looks like on the G1000On top, near FortunaRight crosswind, Byron ...Over Sears Point ... er, I mean Infineon RacewayVectors OaklandDescent into LA BasinAnother long drive home ...
  • September 2014 Photos

    John Ewing
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    On top, near ALTAMVicinity of FOOTOAccidental photo of aviation "giant"Dodging Cloud TopsEngine-out Practice near KCCRFound some shade ...Looking for shade ...Vectors KLVK ILS 25R
  • Knowing When to Fold

    John Ewing
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Few myths are more enduring than the beleaguered, sleep-deprived pilot who laconically accepts the aircraft he or she is given and, without worry or fear, takes to the skies to have curious adventures. Something Dr. ATP mentioned a few weeks back combined with my own recent experiences to make me want to remind pilots that it's absolutely okay to decide to not fly an aircraft. We're not Jimmy Doolittle or Chuck Yeager and for good reason. We're civilian flyers and safety should be our goal, not proving our courage and fearlessness. As student pilots we learned to do a thorough preflight, but…
  • Concise Guide to the DA42

    John Ewing
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    After countless hours of gathering photos, writing text, editing, re-photographing, and re-writing, the Concise Guide to the DA42 is now in the hands of the iBooks reviewers and should be available for download by September 15. You can download a sample or order the book now. This is the fourth aviation iBook I've published and in many ways, it was the hardest for a number of reasons.The TwinStar and the DA42NG are at the top of my list of favorite aircraft and I wanted my book to be comprehensive. That meant lots of photographs of components and descriptions of systems: While the DA42…
  • RNAV OBScurities

    John Ewing
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    A few years back the editors of the Aeronautical Information Manual changed the well-written overview of GPS, which was a shame because that concise description laid the conceptual framework pilots needed to understand waypoint sequencing, turn anticipation, and how and when to suspend waypoint sequencing. For their part, instructors are so busy teaching pilots how to wrestle with crappy GPS receiver user interfaces that a conceptual understanding of GPS often falls by the wayside. Many pilots have memorized the series of button pushes and knob twists that will accomplish their goal, but…
 
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    Cockpit Conversation

  • Solar-Powered Coke Bottles

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I don't know what these things are. We see them on mountaintops. We saw one at an airport, just outside the perimeter fence, but obviously not installed. We thought it might have come down for maintenance or be waiting for transport to its mountaintop. They are made of fibreglass. The transparent panes don't seem to be solar panels--I named these things solar-powered coke bottles when we only saw then from afar, and I assumed they were. The thing at the top appears to be a lightning rod, not an antenna. Are there transmitters inside? Are they radio relays? Lightning detectors? A suit of armor…
  • Post Mortem

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Well what a clusterfailure that was. Imagine if that vacuum and indication failure had all happened over the course of once turbulent flight in night IMC across the mountains. Suction failures are extremely dangerous. The suction-driven instruments are central to the instrument scan and experiments and studies of actual accidents show that they have a very high chance of killing you. The "ninety percent" figure sometimes quoted is misleading: accidents attributed to vacuum failures (about three per year in the US) result in fatalities 90% of the time. That's because there aren't many ways to…
  • Are there one or two Ns in "Brokenness"?

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I start the engines the next day to do some VFR work. As the engines fire up, the engine start checklist directs my eyes to the tachometer, then the oil pressure, and to the suction gauge. The suction gauge indicates that the right vacuum pump has died. Okay! That sort of explains the zombie heading indicator, and means that I've snagged the wrong instrument. I should have not written it up while it was questionable. The laws don't allow me to write, "never mind, it's not broken after all," which is why there are so many airplanes flying around with sort of broken stuff. As soon as it's…
  • Death Rates

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I'm IFR in the flight levels on a clear VMC day. The IFR part means I'm following a set of rules and procedures ("Instrument Flight Rules") designed for pilots of aircraft in weather conditions that don't allow them to navigate by looking out the window. The flight levels part means I'm flying above about 18,000'. In Canada the "transition altitude," between altitudes designated by the local air pressure and those altitudes designated by a universal standard pressure setting, is 18,000'. One never flies at 18,000', but instead sets the altimeter to 29.92 and flies at flight level 180. I don't…
  • Peer Pressure

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As I fly from one airport to another I speak to numerous air traffic controllers. Let's say I depart Grande Prairie (I think they're almost finished the runway upgrade) for Calgary. I would call Grand Prairie Radio, who would ask me to monitor the clearance delivery frequency. Once I had the clearance I would go back to radio, until after take off, when I would switch to Edmonton Centre. They clear me to my cruise altitude and on course heading, and then might switch me to Edmonton Centre on a different frequency to continue monitoring my flight. As I approach Calgary they will switch me to…
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    Indy Transponder

  • Indy Transponder 30-OCT-2014 1130z

    XPDR
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:24 am
    Preview: Wings Over Houston Air Show * KPRC Houston | Adventure takes flight this weekend at Ellington Airport! The Navy Blue Angels will soar into town for the 30th Annual Wings Over Houston Air Show...Air show draws record crowd * Florida Times-Union | According to Undersander a lot of effort was put into moving air show traffic off base in a timely manner. “I'm very proud of our base security force as well as the 11 state and local law enforcement agencies who supported this event. When you have...ShrinersFest cancel Blue Angels, all future air shows * 14 News WFIE Evansville |…
  • Indy Transponder 28-OCT-2014 1600z

    XPDR
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Tens of thousands turn out for Fort Worth Air Show * Fort Worth Star Telegram | Tens of thousands of people flocked to north Fort Worth Sunday for the second and final day of the Bell Helicopter Fort Worth Alliance Air Show, an annual extravaganza of fast-flying jets, acrobatic pilots, extreme parachutists and other entertainers...Monster Splash Halloween Seaplane Fly-In * Daily Commercial | Hundreds gather to watch pilots compete in a pumpkin drop contest during the Monster Splash Halloween Seaplane Fly-In at Wooten Park in Tavares, Fla., on Oct. 25, 2014. (Brett Le Blanc / Daily…
  • Indy Transponder 27-OCT-2014 1200z

    XPDR
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Big crowd for final day of NAS air show * WJXT Jacksonville | After nearly seven decades of heart-pounding, jaw-dropping stunts and maneuvers, this team of daredevil pilots is always sure to leave a crowd asking for more. The Blue Angels took to the skies of Jacksonville for one final performance Sunday during...    Air show delights in Thermal * KESQ | The 10th Annual Jacqueline Cochran air show in Thermal was a crowd-pleaser. Pilots whizzing by crowds of families lined up at the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport, then spinning up into the air at incredible heights doing…
  • 8th Anniversary Gala to Feature Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger At Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s Fundraiser

    XPDR
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Honolulu, HI – “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, who piloted US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s Hudson River, will be this year’s guest speaker at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s 8th Anniversary Dinner Gala on Saturday, December 6, 6:00 to 10.00 p.m. Themed “Destinations & Dreams,” the evening is the Museum’s annual fundraiser for its Education and Restoration projects. Emcee for the evening will be actor, journalist and TV host David Hartman. Honoree of the evening is the Museum’s past…
  • Indy Transponder 24-OCT-2014 1430z

    XPDR
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    Blue Angels return to headline weekend air show * WJXT Jacksonville | The Navy's daredevil fighter jet pilots, the Blue Angels, are back in town for this weekend's air show in Jacksonville. After canceling most of its shows last year due to federal budget cuts, the Blue Angels return to NAS Jacksonville, where the...    3 tough guys test mettle in pre-airshow Blue Angel flights in Jacksonville * Florida Times-Union | The polished blue and gold paint of Blue Angel number 7 glistened in the Florida sunlight Wednesday on the runway at Jacksonville Naval Air Station. Three men, a…
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    Airplane Geeks Podcast

  • AirplaneGeeks 322 Flying a KC-135 When the Ground is all Sparkly

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    Aerial refueling, airline profits boosted by lower fuel prices, the future of the U.S. Air Force, bad behavior at the airport, and the NBAA Convention. Guest Guest Matt Fritz is a KC-135 Instructor and Commander with over 2000 hours, including combat and combat support. He is also a certified acquisition professional, a certified Emotional Intelligence Trainer/Practitioner, and the Author of an instructional book entitled, “Leveraging Your LinkedIn Profile for Success.” Matt actively blogs with other military leaders at GeneralLeadership.com, as well as at his personal blog…
  • AirplaneGeeks 321 Benet is the Aviation Queen

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    The first Mitsubishi MRJ, screening for Ebola at the airport, the aging military aircraft fleet, mobile phones on the plane, FAA drone enforcement for licensed pilots, and Airways News. Guest We talk with Benét Wilson, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Airways News, about the strategic alliance between Airways Magazine and Airchive.com. Airways News provides continuous updates of news, features, and information about the commercial aviation industry. Benét  Wilson is an aviation journalist and blogger who has covered the industry for many media outlets, including About.com, Cranky Flier, ACI-NA…
  • AirplaneGeeks 320 The Passenger Experience

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    The passenger experience: social media, in-flight connectivity, wearable technology, seat pitch. Guest Aviation journalist Mary Kirby is founder and editor of the Runway Girl Network, a B2B2C source for intelligence about the passenger experience. The Network covers the industry from nose to tail, in the air, and on the ground. Be sure to follow the #PaxEx hashtag. Topics Tweeting While Flying, Part II: Another Passenger Booted From Flight After Tweeting A JetBlue passenger tweeted that the pilot was or might have been intoxicated. Another passenger in turn Tweeted about this but was denied…
  • AirplaneGeeks 319 Aircraft Salvage

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Aircraft salvage, the Chicago ATC Center fire, airline cyber threats, effects of aviation product liability, and a new Sikorsky fast attack helicopter. Guest Rachel Payne talks about how aircraft salvage company FAST Aviation locates airplanes, gets them back flying, or parts them out to support general aviation aircraft owners. We also discuss Hangar Swap, the new marketplace for aviators. 1952 R model Beechcraft Bonanza Follow @FASTAviationFL and @HangarSwap on Twitter, and find FASTaviation and HangarSwap on Facebook. News Chicago Bizav Traffic Moving Following ATC Center Fire An…
  • Episode 318 Listener Survey Results

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Results from our listener survey, the B787 battery issue, Air Traffic Control Center vulnerability, historic aircraft, flying a float plane, and air-to-air photography. News Boeing, FAA Don’t Understand 787 Battery Shortcomings, Japanese Say After the Boeing 787 experienced Lithium Ion battery problems, Boeing made some changes designed to reduce the chances of thermal runaway, and to better manage the situation should it occur. But the root cause for the problem was never determined. By Christine Negroni in her Flying Lessons blog. Illinois man accused of torching air traffic center…
 
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    Greteman Group » News & Views

  • NBAA 2014: General Aviation Cleared to Climb

    Greteman Group
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    NBAA 2014 delivered an unobstructed vision of the future. We’ll be flying faster in larger, longer-range aircraft. They’ll be outfitted with a growing array of increasingly reliable safety devices. Fly-by-wire will become the standard. Before long we’ll be routinely exceeding the sound barrier. And we’ll be buying more business aircraft than we have been –...
  • Wichita Business Journal; Tweets of the Week

    Greteman Group
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    My dad. My hero. One of the coolest jobs ever. Enters KS Aviation Hall of Fame Oct. 28. @crashley, Wichitan Ashley Bowen Cook, on the WBJ’s interview with her father, aerial photographer Paul Bowen. © Wichita Business Journal, 2014
  • Safety Standdown 2014 Two Words: Pay Attention

    Ashley Bowen Cook
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Like many apparently simple things, paying attention can be a lot harder than it seems – especially these days. And the strategies to stay focused are many and varied, as demonstrated during the recent Bombardier Safety Standdown in Wichita, Kansas. At that seminar, 32 separate sessions explored different aspects of distraction and how to minimize...
  • Your NBAA Relief Kit

    Sonia Greteman
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    The world’s largest business aviation event takes place next week. If you’re one of the 25,000 who will be slogging through the 2-million-square-foot Orange County Convention Center and the 100-aircraft-strong static display at the Orlando Executive Airport, listen up. This advice is for you. Use the Official Mobile App Do your planning first – before...
  • Powering Dreams

    Ashley Bowen Cook
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    If kids didn’t pick up on the message – “Aviation is for everyone.” – it’s not for lack of trying. The second annual Kansas Aviation Expo set out on September 22 for a three-day, three-stops-a-day Fly Kansas air tour. High-school bands played. Speakers addressed local schoolchildren and, at each stop, highlighted different aspects of aviation....
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  • Finally Flying Again

    Tracy
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
      I finally got the Swift back into the air this past weekend – the first flight since the last week in August.  A friend with an RV-6A said he and another RV builder/flyer were going to fly ‘down’ to Bridgeport, CA for lunch. Down in the sense that it is south of Reno but […] The post Finally Flying Again appeared first on Around the Pattern.
  • A Weekend Flight to Washington

    Tracy
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    As most of you already know, AOPA has changed to a series of Regional Convertions/Fly-ins this year rather than one large event. Their thinking is that they will reach more people by going to them instead of requiring them to travel to AOPA. This month the regional event was in Spokane, WA, at Felts Field. […] The post A Weekend Flight to Washington appeared first on Around the Pattern.
  • A Nice Day of Flying

    Tracy
    10 Aug 2014 | 3:06 pm
    My last update was in mid-June. I have flown a couple of times since then, but it has been a sparse summer. Time(Life) seems to get away from you sometimes. The weather up here in Reno this summer has been a bit on the warm side and we seem to be in an unusual string […] The post A Nice Day of Flying appeared first on Around the Pattern.
  • An Aviation Weekend

    Tracy
    17 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Saturday I attended a ‘hangar-warming’ at the Dayton, NV airport, an airport community just to the east of Carson City. New Carson City EAA Chapter (EAA403.org) members Paul & Louise Dye recently had a home and hangar built there and were gracious enough to invite the chapter to their get-together. Paul worked for NASA at […] The post An Aviation Weekend appeared first on Around the Pattern.
  • Past Time for an Update

    Tracy
    10 Jun 2014 | 11:08 am
    I knew it had been a while since I last wrote and article, but a had no idea it had been almost a month four months. Ugly. Ok, what has happened since the last update?  Bear with me, as you get older just recalling what you had for breakfast yesterday can be a test of […] The post Past Time for an Update appeared first on Around the Pattern.
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  • Virgin Galactic rocket plane crash – pilot Killed

    Tamir Eshel
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane exploded and crashed today when performing a test flight over California. The spacecraft was testing a new propellant on this flight.
  • 44 navies embark on the largest naval exercise spanning the Arabian Sea, Red Sea and the Persian Gulf

    News Desk
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Navies from 44 nations are participating in this year's exercise, whose focus is to promote regional security through mine countermeasure operations.
  • Sikorsky pulls out of a $3.6 billion Polish helicopter tender

    Tamir Eshel
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    The Consortium of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and PZL Mielec is withdrawing form a tender for utility helicopters requested by the Polish Ministry of Defense, unless terms of the procedure are amended, Sikorsky Aircraft and PZL Mielec announced today. Sikorsky said the Consortium is not opting out of the procurement but "It is impossible to submit an economically viable offer that would be 100% compliant with each and every requirement, including technical, legal and financial aspects."
  • Israel cancels planned procurement of V-22 Tilt-Rotor aircraft

    Tamir Eshel
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Israel’s Ministry of Defense (IMOD) decided to cancel the planned procurement of six Bell/Boeing V-22 tilt rotor aircraft. Available funding will be allocated to the procurement of a second batch of F-35s fifth generation stealth fighters. The cancellation represented another abrupt change in Israel's procurement plans, after the IMOD withdrew an international tended for four Offshore Patrol Boats weeks after distributing the $500 million tender to international shipbuilders.
  • Germany reconsiders co-funding Israel’s future OPV fleet

    Tamir Eshel
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    The Israel Ministry of Defense has called off an international tender for the supply of four Offshore patrol Vessels for the Israel Navy after Germany said it will reconsider sharing the construction costs if the contract is handed to a German shipyard
 
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    Latest air travel news

  • Tips to booking cheaper flights

    WhichAirline.com
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Although there's no real shortcut to finding cheap airfare, we have some special tips that might at least save you some money at your next flight. Check them out and if you have others let us know in the comments! Don't buy extras if you don't need them
  • 2014 cheapest airports in Asia

    WhichAirline.com
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    Our recent research on prices of Asian airports reveals that Trang (TST) in Thailand ranks as the cheapest airport in Asia. The cost of flights from Trang is on average $0.0487 per kilometre, the second cheapest is Malaysian Kota Kinabalu with $0.0497. Which airports follow and how do the busiest airports in Asia rank? The cheapest airports are located in Thailand and Malaysia
  • 2014 Europe’s cheapest airports

    WhichAirline.com
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    Our recent research on air ticket prices reveals that Oslo Rygge airport ranks as the cheapest in Europe. The cost of flights from Oslo Rygge is on average €0.036 per kilometre, while from Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) they are €0.154 which makes Gardermoen 4 times more expensive.
  • WhichAirline steps beyond meta search and into direct booking

    WhichAirline.com
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:26 am
    We have some exciting news for you! We decided to make huge changes on our website. Many of you have already noticed we did a big redesign but that's not all – accompanying that we also present new business model: while before, we were a meta search engine only and shuttled all of you to airline’s website or online travel agencies when it came to booking your flights, now you can book some of the flights without leaving the website.
  • Major low cost airlines are more expensive in 2014

    WhichAirline.com
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:55 am
    Our latest research shows that the major European low cost airlines – Ryanair, Wizz Air and easyJet – have increased their prices by €10 on average comparing to 2013. The most significant change can be seen on easyJet which raised the fares by almost 20%.
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    anna.aero

  • Interjet starts third US route from Monterrey

    anna.aero
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    Interjet now links Monterrey with Houston 12 times weekly against three other carriers. Interjet chose Thursday 23 October as the launch date for their new 12 times weekly service connecting Monterrey (MTY) in Mexico with Houston Intercontinental (IAH) in Texas. The airline will operate a mix of its 150-seat A320s and 93-seat Superjet 100s on […]The post Interjet starts third US route from Monterrey appeared first on anna.aero.
  • Brussels Airlines adds second destination in the Baltics

    anna.aero
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Brussels Airlines now connects Brussels to Riga with six weekly flights, utilising its Avro RJ100s. Competes against airBaltic. Brussels Airlines, which grew by 2.1% in 2013, expanded its European network with the addition of its second destination in the Baltics on 26 October, when it commenced six weekly flights from Brussels (BRU) to Riga (RIX) […]The post Brussels Airlines adds second destination in the Baltics appeared first on anna.aero.
  • New airline routes launched (21 October – 27 October 2014)

    anna.aero
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    A total of 169 air services were launched by 62 airlines at the turn of seasons, including United Airlines commencing its first 787-9 operations from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Ryanair opening 25 routes in one week, as well as Jetstar Japan adding Kumamoto to its network from three bases. The rest of this week’s new […]The post New airline routes launched (21 October – 27 October 2014) appeared first on anna.aero.
  • Flybe touches down at London City with seven routes

    anna.aero
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    anna.aero’s Assistant Editor, Vlad Cristescu, was invited by Flybe to the opening of the airline’s “virtual base” at London City Airport on 27 October, coinciding with the launch of flights to Aberdeen, Dublin, Exeter and Inverness. Highlights of the celebrations included a press briefing by airline, airport and government officials, as well as the anna.aero […]The post Flybe touches down at London City with seven routes appeared first on anna.aero.
  • easyJet enters four new markets at W14/15 start

    anna.aero
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    easyJet links London Luton to Rome Fiumicino and London Gatwick to Reykjavik; Geneva base also benefits from Icelandic link. easyJet has used the start of the W14/15 season to add four routes to its network. Of the four, London Gatwick (LGW) to Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF) is the most heavily competed, with WOW air (which recently announced […]The post easyJet enters four new markets at W14/15 start appeared first on anna.aero.
 
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    SimpliFlying

  • What is the Future of Airline Loyalty in the Age of the Connected Traveller? Five questions to wake airlines up

    Shubhodeep Pal
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    Something’s gotta give. I write this, not only as a consultant on digital communication and social marketing, but also as one of the millions of passengers who fly frequently enough to be in the twilight zone between occasional flyers and frequent flyers. I am frustrated by the outdated airline loyalty model that airlines still follow. I am annoyed by the lack of recognition of the simple fact that there can be no loyalty without gratification (I will not fly your airline frequently if I have to wait to earn 25,000 miles for my first reward). And I am disappointed that airlines won’t…
  • Which were the best airport marketing campaigns from the third quarter of 2014? Find out in our Airport Marketing Benchmark Report

    Shubhodeep Pal
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    In a world of short attention spans and increasing options, advertising is undergoing an unprecedented change. Our latest airport marketing benchmark report highlights the airport brands that are developing strategies that will resonate with 21st-century travellers. Online content helps people express emotion and connect with each other around shared passions. Users want to interact through sharing, commenting and joining a conversation. Airport brands can leverage these passions and conversations to forge deeper bonds with their passengers. Discover the 15 most innovative airport marketing…
  • Airline Social Media Outlook 2015: Budget, Challenges and Metrics

    Li Guen
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Social Media for Airlines: Now and Tomorrow Social media marketing has secured a firm position in the marketing strategies of most airlines. Yet, many executives see a chasm between where airlines are and where they should be in leveraging social media to achieve business goals. Conducted since 2010, SimpliFlying Airlines Social Media Outlook Survey has been providing insight into airlines’ use of social media to achieve business goals. This year’s survey asked ten questions to 148 executives representing 87 airlines across five regions including APAC, EMEA, Europe, America, Africa and…
  • Ryanair has a Great Brand. What is the Secret to its Success?

    Marco Serusi
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:22 am
    Ryanair has a great brand It sounds counter-intuitive but it’s true. The Ryanair brand is smart, and other airlines have much to learn from it. What is the secret to its astounding success? Read on to find out. The Ryanair brand is built on a solid foundation and personified by its CEO — with his outrageous comments and cost-cutting proposals. A brand that is reflected in any aspect of the company and that sends users a very clear message: This is a cheap airline, expect nothing else. Its customer service is infamous, as are its excess fees, but its balance sheet proves passengers…
  • Which were the best airline marketing campaigns in September 2014? Find out in our Airline Marketing Benchmark Report

    Shubhodeep Pal
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Jointly produced by SimpliFlying, and industry and consumer trends research agency, airlinetrends.com, the highly-acclaimed Airline Marketing Benchmark Report analyses a wide range of airline marketing case studies each month. Disover 15 new innovative airline marketing campaigns. Every month. The monthly report contains a selection of the 15 most innovative marketing and advertising campaigns launched by airlines around the world and assesses their impact. If you are a numbers person, you’d love our report too! What’s in this month’s report? A wide range of case studies…
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    Aviation Marketing Strategies

  • Seminar Follow Up

    Paula Williams
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:40 pm
    One of the key items that we advocate is follow up. Seminar follow up. And presentation follow up.  And even phone call follow up. So, we thought we’d give you an inside view of follow up, ABCI style! The Time Management for Sales and Marketing Teams  Education Session at the NBAA National Convention was great fun for us.  We had a roomful (about 75) smart, lively people who were willing to share their experiences and have candy thrown at them at 9:00 am. Q & A There were a couple of questions we were asked after the session, so we thought we’d answer them here:…
  • Five of the Best Marketing Examples from NBAA 2014

    Paula Williams
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    John and I were joking that the annual NBAA convention is so big and has so many participants competing for attention that the best tactic for being memorable would be to hire a marching band and maybe some elephants to march down the aisles. But even then, people would forget it five minutes later as the latest Elvis impersonator walked by, or the beer cart was spotted. Then again, you don’t need to get EVERYONE’s attention. All you need to do is make connections with a small number of highly targeted prospects, and start a relationship. Here are some people that we think got it…
  • Will we see you at NBAA?

    Paula Williams
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    We’re making plans for the NBAA Convention in Orlando later this month. Here’s our plan: Tuesday - Static Display & Networking events – meeting with clients & partners at the Static Display Wednesday - 9:00 Facilitating  education session: Time Management for Sales & Marketing Professionals. 10:30 – 6:00 – Meeting with clients & partners at the Convention Center Thursday - 9:00 – 11:00 – Meeting with clients & partners at the Convention Center Going to the NBAA Convention in Orlando? Get on our calendar and we’ll come visit…
  • Panel Discussion – Marketing Data – Where to Get It, How to Use It!

    Paula Williams
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    This webinar is free, but seating is limited.  Reserve your seat now! Join us Wednsday, October 15, 2014, 1:00 Mountain Time There is no shortage of marketing data for aviation professionals to take advantage of these days. But there is a shortage of knowledge about how to sift through the mountains of reports and data, find the information you actually need, and to make good decisions based on that data. We’ll be talking with four professionals in the aviation industry, and asking them these questions: •    What market data is most important to your business? •    How do you…
  • Sales success – How hard do your prospects and customers have to work?

    Paula Williams
    5 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Some of you know that we have a kid serving in the Peace Corps in Morocco.  You might also know that we went to visit him last week – took him to Spain for a little bit of a vacation along the Costa Del Sol – some castles, boardwalks, Spanish food, beer, and so on. It was a fantastic (if short!) vacation, but it led me to an insight about marketing. Are daunting processes messing up your sales numbers? We traveled from Morocco to Spain and back by ferry, which looked pretty easy when you’re at home, planning the trip, looking at Google Earth on your computer screen.
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    Aerostar Training Services LLC

  • Happy Halloween! Are You Afraid to Pursue your Aviation Career Dreams?

    David Santo
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Dreaming of an aviation career? Afraid to take the next step? Come to our free webinar and get your questions answered. Are you afraid to pursue your aviation career dreams? It’s interesting how sometimes what we want most and what we’re afraid of is sometimes the same thing. In the U.S. and other parts of the world, Halloween is a time of year when kids dress up in scary costumes and go door-to-door. Neighbors hand out candy. Sometimes kids dress up as what they want to be when they grow up. We see little cowboys, astronauts, famous athletes, or even airline pilots. When I was a kid and…
  • Join us for an Airline Pilot Career Workshop online!

    paulaabci
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Airline Career Workshop Join us for a Webinar on November 12 Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar Seat Now at: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/318422695 Questions and Answers about airline careers for future captains and first officers.We’ll be asking questions about career opportunities.Featuring Captain David Santo, Airbus A320 Captain for  Jetblue Airways and President of AeroStar Training Services and guests. This session is free to attend, but seating is limited, so register today! Sponsored by AeroStar Training Services, LLC Title: Airline Career Workshop Date:…
  • A320 Approach

    David Santo
    26 Apr 2013 | 1:50 pm
    Here’s a video of an A320 approach in an A320 using AeroStar’s virtual flight deck. These virtual flight decks are used in both the 737NG and the A320 ground school potion of the training. The post A320 Approach appeared first on Aerostar Training Services LLC.
  • Airlines Speak Out About the TSA Knives on Airplanes Controversy

    David Santo
    25 Apr 2013 | 2:25 pm
    Not only have the Flight Attendants been speaking out against the new TSA proposition to allow small knives on airplanes, but some airlines are now too. As pilots, what are your thoughts on the matter? http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2013/03/09/opposition-to-new-tsa-knives-policy/?iref=allsearch The post Airlines Speak Out About the TSA Knives on Airplanes Controversy appeared first on Aerostar Training Services LLC.
  • Video – Flying an Airbus!

    David Santo
    25 Oct 2012 | 2:30 pm
    We love this video of a great pilot flying an airbus!  Can’t keep from smiling when we watch it. AVIANCA BRASIL Airbus 319 GoPro Hero 2 Song: Sail – Awolnation Sequence: 0:05 – SBRJ Santos Dumont RWY 20L – Rio de Janeiro – Brasil 0:30 – Copacabana Beach – Rio de Janeiro – Brasil 0:35 – SBRJ Santos Dumont RWY 20L – Rio de Janeiro – Brasil 0:51 – Florianopolis SC Brasil 1:07 – Downwind leg SBRJ Santos Dumont RWY 02R – Rio de Janeiro – Brasil ( Botafogo Beach ) 2:11 – SKBO El Dorado RWY 13R – Bogota – Colombia 2:16 – SBSP Congonhas RWY 17R – São Paulo…
 
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    Multiply LeadershipMultiply Leadership | Flight Test + Mathematics x Leadership

  • Index of First Flights — October

    Mark Jones Jr
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Feedback needed: Should I clean up the format? Should I hyperlink or just leave it as plain text? What else do you like or not like about the layout? Send a tweet to @FlightTestFact with your thoughts. 10/1/1942 First flight #flighttest of the Bell XP-59 Airacomet, the first US jet http://ow.ly/C9a8n #video http://ow.ly/C9aaN 10/2/1931 First flight #flighttest of the Ju 49, the world’s 2nd pressurized aircraft, a high altitude test bed http://ow.ly/CbZDQ 10/3/1979 First flight #flighttest of the Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) AS355 Twin Squirrel http://ow.ly/CeLa2 via @airbus…
  • back flips — observations #38

    Mark Jones Jr
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Yesterday, I jumped around on the trampoline with my three youngest kids, at separate times. With my daughter, Emily, I was brave enough to try a back flip (probably my first since the four stitches incident). Emily tried too. I know how to flip on the trampoline but could not communicate to her how to make one’s body move in that way. Knowing how to do something doesn’t mean you know how to teach it, much less make you a teacher. (Teachers everywhere agree vigorously, while a handful of “life coaches” everywhere probably don’t.) There are many steps in teaching,…
  • a day hike — observations #37

    Mark Jones Jr
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Some writers practice their craft every single day. Some people learn something new daily. Some pilots fly every single day. In some cases, it is like a hiker who leaves the base camp and hikes for one hour up the mountain and one hour back to the start point. You could repeat this for years, never venturing farther into the unknown, never reaching the summit. Quantity is not always better. And maybe practice doesn’t make perfect. Sure, the hiker who does this daily will improve insidiously. Maybe he goes a few feet farther each day. But reaching the peak requires something more,…
  • two kinds of learning — observations #36

    Mark Jones Jr
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Last time, I said that were two kinds of “data.” This same categorization applies to learning. Some learning takes place instantly. “It’s colder today than yesterday.” Instantly may mean from one day to the next, or it may mean from one second to the next. Other learning accumulates over much longer periods–days, months, or even years. Only through intentional rumination do we assimilate these lessons. Using the previous example, this second kind of learning may be a general characterization about the fall weather in a particular region over several years.
  • two kinds of data — ATOMs #14-16

    Mark Jones Jr
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I think there are at least two kinds of “data.” I’ll use flight test as my example. The first is what I will call “test team comments.” There has been a place on almost every test card created for qualitative observations made by flight test crews in the heat of the moment, a comment about air quality or workload or whatever else seems relevant then and there. These kinds of observations are just blurted out. The second kind of data is cumulative, that data found in the flight report and ultimately the flight test report. In this case, some synthesis and analysis have taken…
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    Greteman Group

  • NBAA 2014: General Aviation Cleared to Climb

    Greteman Group
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    NBAA 2014 delivered an unobstructed vision of the future. We’ll be flying faster in larger, longer-range aircraft. They’ll be outfitted with a growing array of increasingly reliable safety devices. Fly-by-wire will become the standard. Before long we’ll be routinely exceeding the sound barrier. And we’ll be buying more business aircraft than we have been –...
  • Wichita Business Journal; Tweets of the Week

    Greteman Group
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    My dad. My hero. One of the coolest jobs ever. Enters KS Aviation Hall of Fame Oct. 28. @crashley, Wichitan Ashley Bowen Cook, on the WBJ’s interview with her father, aerial photographer Paul Bowen. © Wichita Business Journal, 2014
  • Safety Standdown 2014 Two Words: Pay Attention

    Ashley Bowen Cook
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Like many apparently simple things, paying attention can be a lot harder than it seems – especially these days. And the strategies to stay focused are many and varied, as demonstrated during the recent Bombardier Safety Standdown in Wichita, Kansas. At that seminar, 32 separate sessions explored different aspects of distraction and how to minimize...
  • Your NBAA Relief Kit

    Sonia Greteman
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    The world’s largest business aviation event takes place next week. If you’re one of the 25,000 who will be slogging through the 2-million-square-foot Orange County Convention Center and the 100-aircraft-strong static display at the Orlando Executive Airport, listen up. This advice is for you. Use the Official Mobile App Do your planning first – before...
  • Powering Dreams

    Ashley Bowen Cook
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    If kids didn’t pick up on the message – “Aviation is for everyone.” – it’s not for lack of trying. The second annual Kansas Aviation Expo set out on September 22 for a three-day, three-stops-a-day Fly Kansas air tour. High-school bands played. Speakers addressed local schoolchildren and, at each stop, highlighted different aspects of aviation....
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    Air Facts Journal

  • Hungry Pilot: the Hangar Hotel Airport Diner

    Air Facts Staff
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    The Hangar Hotel, an utterly unique fly-in destination, is next door. Restaurant name: Airport Diner at the Hangar Hotel Airport: Gillespie County Airport, Fredericksburg, Texas (T82) Famous for: Authentic diner feel, attached to aviation-themed hotel Restaurant tips: This is a classic diner, with chrome everywhere, black and white tile and 1940s music playing. As you would expect, it has a great view of the runway, so it’s the perfect place to watch airplanes land on a pretty day. The Airport Diner is also next door to the Hangar Hotel, an authentic aviation-themed hotel…
  • Why I wear a ball cap when I fly

    Michael Teninty
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    It started blue, a dark blue, when my wife gave it to me as a Christmas present. Its latest achievement of many was earned in March when I completed my CFI training. It was instrumental in keeping my head from exploding while learning in flight, and during the check ride. Now my two-tone AOPA ball cap has faded to a light purple from long periods of exposure to the sun. Like badges of honor, a few stains (more sweat than engine oil, but plenty of both) reside on the bill which is curved at about the radius of a softball. More than just a comfortable friend who has logged nearly as many hours…
  • Old pilots never die – they can stick around for years

    Jim Griffith
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Our drop mission was weather-dependent. It required smooth conditions in a layer up to 1500 ft above ground, to stay below radar, with at least a minimum off-shore breeze of 10 knots. The drop had to be done half an hour before sunset in cloudless, though not necessarily clear, conditions. In fact, a little obscuring haze up-sun would help the stealth nature of the task. We had to be back on the ground before total darkness. There was every reason to expect our conspiracy could be carried out under the noses of the authorities without our true intentions ever being detected. It wouldn’t…
  • 2500 miles of value-added flying

    Matt Hanson
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Sunday evening, somewhere in Washington State: checking the weather in preparation for the following day’s travel to Wisconsin, previously scheduled via the airlines, I noticed good flying weather across Montana, the Dakotas and into the Midwest. Thinking flying myself would be a lot more fun than Delta, I email a longtime customer in North Dakota to see if he was available Monday afternoon and head for bed hoping the answer would be yes. An early morning beep from the Blackberry starts the day with good news – a meeting would be possible between 15:00 and 16:30 CDT. I quickly pull out…
  • Go or No Go: fall cold front

    John Zimmerman
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    The fall colors are beautiful right now, but as a pilot that means your mind is focused on in-flight icing. As you stare at your iPad in the pilots’ lounge at Rochester, New York, you find yourself wishing for the warm days of summer. Your plan tonight is to fly from your business meeting in Rochester (ROC) to your home outside Columbus, Ohio (OSU). Will the weather cooperate? You airplane tonight is a 2003 Cirrus SR22 you share with two partners, an airplane you now have 200 hours in. It is well equipped with moving map, WAAS GPSs and a good autopilot, but there is no de-ice system…
 
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    iPad Pilot News

  • New iPad app for flight instructors

    Bret Koebbe
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:16 pm
    The Ultimate CFI Guide has everything a flight instructor needs to effectively teach ground and flight lessons. There is no shortage of iPad apps designed for pilots to help with all aspects of flying, from flight training to advanced navigation and digital chart resources. Surprisingly though, there aren’t many apps available specifically for CFIs to assist with pilot training. A new app called the Ultimate CFI Lesson Plan Guide aims to change that and provides many of the resources a CFI needs on a day-to-day basis including lesson plans, a guide for teaching ground lessons,…
  • MyRadar adds TFR display

    Bret Koebbe
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:13 pm
    As a pilot there is no such thing as being “too aware” of TFRs, and a recent update to a popular weather app provides yet another source of this important preflight info. MyRadar, one of our favorite weather radar apps, recently added TFRs to its collection of aviation layers to view along with the radar imagery. One of the reasons we like this app so much is because of its speed and simplicity — within seconds of launching it you’ll see a looping radar image on a high-contrast background. The new TFR layer is shown in red and will quickly get your attention when…
  • AvTutorials releases new interactive training apps

    Bret Koebbe
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    AvTutorials has been in the business of developing high-quality pilot training products for nearly 20 years. Their programs are unique in that they focus on specific aviation topics and use a combination of video, 3D graphics, guided-tutorials and interactive features to thoroughly teach the material. Up to this point the programs were only available on a PC or Mac, but AvTutorials recently released three of its most popular training programs as dedicated iPad apps, titled Mastering Stick And Rudder Flying, Getting Around On The Ground, and Airborne Radar. Written by airline pilots and…
  • iPad preflight tip: verify your charts are downloaded

    Bret Koebbe
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    ForeFlight’s download manager allows you to select the states, countries and types of charts you want to download. Having up-to-date charts on your iPad is easy in today’s aviation apps, but there’s a trap if you’re not careful. Because there is no internet connection in the airplane, you must download the chart databases before you go flying. This is not always as obvious as you might think. We’ll use ForeFlight for our example. While on the ground (and connected to the internet), you can view every possible chart simply by tapping the Maps tab and panning…
  • LogTen Pro introduces all-new apps, pricing model

    John Zimmerman
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    LogTen Pro X features an all-new look and plenty of new features. LogTen Pro has been our top pick among pilot logbook apps for years, with a nice mix of powerful features and an easy-to-use interface. But lately the app was starting to look tired–there was no major iOS 7 update, for example–so we’ve been hoping to see some updates. Those are finally here, in the form of a new app called LogTen Pro X. This includes the same basic functionality of the original LogTen Pro, but with a completely new style and a host of new features. It’s a big upgrade. One of our…
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    New Airport Insider

  • Happy Birthday to Me!

    Jinan Alrawi
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    New Airport Insider missed its first birthday, can you believe it? We published the first post on 4 October 2013 but forgot to celebrate our 1 year of existence. Today, 30 airport articles later, we want to share with you a bit […]
  • How Industry and Media Drive U.S. Aviation Debate

    Greg Principato
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Editor’s Note: Today, we are pleased to have an opinion post by an industry thought leader Greg Principato.  Would you like to contribute a guest post to New Airport Insider? Contact us. No One Is Interested – No One Understands When I […]
  • Beijing New Airports

    Guillaume Dupont
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    China is now renowned for building hundreds of airports throughout the country. Having 90% of the Chinese population living less than 100 km from an airport by 2020 is one of the many ambitious targets found in the government’s five-year plan. […]
  • Australian Airports Build: Brisbane Airport Under Pressure

    Dan Parsons
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    This is part 2 in a 3-part series on Australian airport development. Part 1 looked at the decision to build a second airport in Sydney and the politics surrounding that decision. Fuelled by the commencement of the Asian century, Australia’s […]
  • Incheon Airport South Korea Evaluates European A-CDM

    Kris de Bolle
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    Being an advocate of best practices to implement airport collaborative decision making implies agenda flexibility, and investing ample time to allow A-CDM candidates to grasp the concept of A-CDM as it is practiced in live operations. Be it after business […]
 
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  • 11 Exquisite Airplane Window Shots

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    It could be the enchanting sunset, the vast mountains and terrains, or the buzzing city scene with its intricate transport network woven into society... Approaching the Icefields (Greenland and Antarctica) (Image source: David Cartier) Austrian Sunrise (Image source: Renaldo) Whole New World (Image source: Canadian Gosling) New York City (Image source: Kadacat (Marlene)) Fighter Plane View (Image source: AirlineSafety) Ushuaia Argentina (Image source: Komar) Show Your Colours (San Francisco) (Image source: Minginc) U.S. Navy on Aircraft Carrier (Image source: Wikipedia) Falls Panorama…
  • 10 Tips to Improve Your Aviation Photography

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    We see them every day overhead, and they always make us look up and ponder. Airplanes are a romantic concept because of the faraway places to which they can take us, and because of the amazing feat of flight itself! The fact that airplanes travel so quickly is something we all connect with. From an artistic point of view, their shape and design are very appealing. These are all factors that have driven me to get as involved with aviation photography as I am with wildlife. Note: This is a post by Moose Peterson. Aviation photography is a fast-growing community. More and more photographers are…
  • NASA Helicopter Crash Test a Smashing Success

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    NASA researchers and others from the military and national and international government agencies spent more than three years preparing for less than 10 seconds. That's about how long it took for a 45-foot-long former Marine helicopter to fall 30 feet into a bed of dirt during the Transport Rotorcraft Airframe Crash Testbed (TRACT 2) full-scale crash test at NASA Langley's Landing and Impact Research (LANDIR) facility.
  • Concept For Future Aircraft Next Generation

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
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  • Aircraft Engine Change

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    Check as Aer Lingus Engineers replace a GE CF6 engine on one of their Airbus A330 aircraft. Watch to the end and see/hear the engine start-up!
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  • Boeing Delivers Emirates’ 100th 777-300ER

    Editor
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:14 am
    Boeing has announced it has delivered Emirates’ 100th 777-300ER aircraft. Boeing and Emirates are celebrating the delivery of the aircraft. Dubai-based airline, Emirates have received their 100th Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Emirates ordered its first 777 two decades ago. Emirates has 142 Boeing 777s in their fleet, and are also the only airline that can boast they operate all the 777 variants. Operating 213 aircraft, the Boeing 777 makes up the majority of Emirates’ fleet. Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline said:”The Boeing 777-300ER is one of the most remarkable…
  • Emirates CEO Tim Clarke believes MH370 was under control until the end

    Editor
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    Emirates CEO and President Sir Tim Clarke has said he believes flight MH370 “was under control, probably until the very end”. Sir Tim told Aviation Week in July of his concerns, he said: “Something is not right here and we need to get to the bottom of it.” The latest theory of what happened to flight MH370 comes from the Australian Transport Bureau. They announced last week that flight MH370 was likely to have flown with the autopilot engaged for some 5 hours, before crashing after running out of fuel over the Indian Ocean. However Emirates CEO and President Sir Tim is…
  • Garuda Indonesia orders 50 737MAX 8s

    Editor
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Garuda Indonesia has announced they have ordered 50 737 MAX 8s from Boeing. The order is estimated to be valued at $4.9 billion.Garuda Indonesia is the flag carrier of Indonesia, the airline has announced they will buy 46 new 737 MAX 8s. They will also convert existing orders for 4 Next-Generation 737-800s to 737 MAX 8s. Emirsyah Satar, chief executive officer, Garuda Indonesia said: “The 737 MAX 8 represents a bright, efficient future for Garuda Indonesia. This order helps continue our commitment to offer the people of Indonesia and Southeast Asia the most comfortable, most efficient air…
  • Introducing the Diesel Powered Piper Archer

    Editor
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    The Piper Archer DX is Piper’s contribution to the growing diesel-powered aircraft market. AvGas prices are high and continue to rise, Piper’s Archer DX seeks to combat that, by utilising the Centurion 2.0L diesel engine running on JET-A1 The Archer DX looks like any other Archer out there, except it’s powered by a 155hp Centurion 2.0L diesel engine. The Centurion 2.0L is a four-cylinder engine with a TBR of 1,200 hours, on the Archer DX you get an MT 3 constant speed blade. Piper boast that the Archer DX has 38% less fuel burn and 31% lower engine direct operating costs…
  • Spring Airlines becomes first Chinese A320 Sharklets customer

    Editor
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    China based low-cost airline, Spring Airlines, has signed an agreement with Airbus to retrofit its fleet of A320s with “Sharklets”. The airline that’s based in Shanghai, China, will become China’s first airline to retrofit the wing tip devices known as “sharklets”. Spring Airlines’ A320 fleet will be retro fitted with wing tip devices known as sharklets. The sharklets feature as standard on the latest generation A320Neo. Spring Airlines’ retrofitted A320s will benefit from a reduction in fuel costs by up to 4 per cent Airbus claims. The…
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